Ok, What'd I Miss?

Amber McCormick
January 22 2012 01:56PM

 

 

My fellow Nationers, it's been a long time. I wish I could provide a valid excuse as to my whereabouts but I've never lied to you before and I'm not going to start now. Life has been hectic to say the least. One thing I've learned is that shift work ruins everything. The majority of last season, and this season so far, has seen me either at work, sleeping, getting ready for work or forgetting that there is a game because I never know what day it is let alone what time.

I've been hearing some disturbing rumours that I'm not real. That "Amber McCormick" is a make-em-ups name. I am here to assure you that I'm real and, yes, they're real as well. So let's get on with this.
 
Lately the Oil have reminded me of a toddler getting ready for a birthday party. They get so excited that for the first couple hours they can't be stopped. Running, jumping, screaming and taking the world by storm. Inevitably, they tucker out and you find them passed out in the coat room asleep on a pile of coats. It seems to be our thing. 
 
Every person or team has 'a thing'. I know a guy and his thing is to be an instigator and act as though he has no idea what people are talking about. You know who you are CB. Seriously, he's the friend that does the stupid shit with you when you're drunk and then sends you home to deal with the consequences. A few of our friends' wives won't them play with him anymore. It's sad but it's life. I digress.
 
My point is that we need to take accountability and maintain. This is applicable to not only the team, but the fans as well. I'm a bit of a hypocrite for saying this as I am usually the first to roll my eyes when I hear news of a loss. But good or bad, win or lose, we are the fans and we need to love them no matter what. It's much like an abusive relationship. And I like my violence like I like my beer: domestic. Forget that old saying about slow and steady winning the race. You know who made up that saying? Slow people. Slow people that lose.
 
 
I admit that my Oil knowledge isn't what it should be this season. I read the scores but highlights aren't really my thing. Highlights are like the Cliff's notes of sports. It's as though they're saying to me, "Hey Amber, come check out all of the awesomeness you missed!" Don't even get me started on reading the sports pages. Me reading them is about as likely as me reading a book having anything to do with unicorns, wizards or some kind of orc. Not going to happen. Maybe that makes me a 'bad' fan but whatever my name is still listed on Oilers Nation. 
 
But let's face it, you aren't here for my opinions on who should be traded or how they should mix up lines. You listen to me because someone has to ask the questions others won't. Like, why does Tom Gilbert look more and more like a smirking James Spader in every movie James Spader smirks in? Or draw your attention to the fact that, in the right lighting, Eric Belanger looks a lot like Adam Levine if Adam Levine wasn't seemingly same-sex oriented. And of course, why Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is beginning to look like Tegan and/or Sara when his hair is longer. These are the real questions and I am here to find the answers.
 

 
In conclusion, just because I don't post as often as I'd like, it doesn't mean I'm not here. I will never leave you my little lambs. I'm always watching. Sorry, that sounded more creepy and rapey than I intended.
 
I missed you.

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Amber lives in Edmonton. Everyday she tries to do her part in preserving nature. Tomorrow she's pickling squirrels. Amber doesn't sweat the petty thing and she doesn't pet the sweaty things.
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#1 justincider
January 22 2012, 01:57PM
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Welcome back.

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#2 Archaeologuy
January 22 2012, 02:16PM
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Yay! Amber's back. Straighten your ties, gentlemen.

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#3 justDOit
January 22 2012, 02:19PM
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Well I know that some people believe Mr. Sumner when he says that 'Every Breath You Take' was written about Big Brother, but I don't buy a word of it. I think he is merely making excuses for writing a sappy, pathetic love song - even though it's a very good, sappy, pathetic love song.

Welcome Amber. Back, that is. I've read more blogs from Struds than you, so I'll have to take your word for it when you say you're 'back'.

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#4 I Am The Law
January 22 2012, 02:38PM
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Great to see you back, Amber! *straightens tie, puts on shirt* Wait...

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#5 A-Mc
January 22 2012, 02:43PM
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This is te first article of Ambers that I have read. Interesting in a strange "window into my life" kind of way.

So when can we expect the next article Amber? Will you be posting after Monday's game or should we be expecting something closer to the draft.

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#6 Oilers G- Nations Poet Laureate
January 22 2012, 02:50PM
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Welcome back Amber

The lambs will not be silent

We still really suck*

*The local shinny club

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#7 Time Travelling Sean
January 22 2012, 02:51PM
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Domestic violence is not ok, unless your the women hitting the man.

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#8 jake
January 22 2012, 03:10PM
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ON has some quality writers, hadn't noticed you left for a while.

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#10 Chris81
January 22 2012, 03:59PM
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The fans have to love the team no matter what? Really?

As a fan I am forced to love my team I spend thousands of dollars every season and they put in efforts on the ice that would get any working stiff fired immediately?

How tasty is that kool-aide?

I know the blog post was meant to be good natured, but that mentality drives me up the wall.

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#11 Wanyes bastard child
January 22 2012, 04:21PM
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For those that were wondering, Amber is real, I've touched her. *blushes*

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#13 justDOit
January 22 2012, 04:30PM
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I can't help but think of Butters and Paris Hilton on South Park!

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#15 Mac962
January 22 2012, 04:55PM
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Is this the food network now? Bring some hockey talk Amber please.... So what is your take on things with our Oilers ?

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#16 Jesse
January 22 2012, 05:34PM
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@Chris81

I get what you're saying man, but you simply cannot make a comparison between a pro athlete and a working stiff. Pro athletes have worked overtime their entire freaking lives and being able to put in an effort during a 2.5 hr game that is deemed "respectable" by the fans takes more dedication, focus, and most importantly intangibles working their way than any "working stiff" needs to. Furthermore, the average working stiff can and does slack off a certain amount on any given day: ten minutes before they clock out, when things are slow and a back- breaking effort is not needed 100% of their work day. If a pro-athlete has a similar lapse in motivation, it is broadcast to millions. I'm not saying that the oilers' work-ethic should be immune to scrutiny, but it's irrational to compare their motivation:success:consequence ratio to someone who works a 9 to 5 job. And I also think that judging their effort level from simply spectating and not knowing all of the intangibles is also misunderstanding the life of a pro athlete.

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#19 pelhem grenville
January 22 2012, 06:07PM
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...Are you here to cleanse the Oiler dressing room Amber...? tHe Turtle Was Gone Too Long Trilogy ... as i understand is the author making good on spiritual transformations and meditations... in a brief gander at the outline it's said he delves into shamanic initiations...

that's exactly what the witch doctor ordered!

didya bring your mop and pale?

it's a mess in there...

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#20 Time Travelling Sean
January 22 2012, 06:14PM
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Jesse wrote:

I get what you're saying man, but you simply cannot make a comparison between a pro athlete and a working stiff. Pro athletes have worked overtime their entire freaking lives and being able to put in an effort during a 2.5 hr game that is deemed "respectable" by the fans takes more dedication, focus, and most importantly intangibles working their way than any "working stiff" needs to. Furthermore, the average working stiff can and does slack off a certain amount on any given day: ten minutes before they clock out, when things are slow and a back- breaking effort is not needed 100% of their work day. If a pro-athlete has a similar lapse in motivation, it is broadcast to millions. I'm not saying that the oilers' work-ethic should be immune to scrutiny, but it's irrational to compare their motivation:success:consequence ratio to someone who works a 9 to 5 job. And I also think that judging their effort level from simply spectating and not knowing all of the intangibles is also misunderstanding the life of a pro athlete.

They also get paid 67 times more than me so they better show some giddy up and if they work hard and it doesn't show some results im ok with that.

Far too often im turning the channel angry that we consistently can't the blue-line or clear the zone .

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#21 Jesse
January 22 2012, 06:36PM
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Again, I'm not saying they can't be subjected to a bit of scrutiny, but you can't compare their careers to the career of an average working stiff. That was my main point.

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#22 Walter Sobchak
January 22 2012, 06:41PM
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@Jesse

I'm not going to argue with what your saying some of it's true.........however.

Have you ever heard of DR. They don't make anywhere near what a pro athlete makes. Can you imagine if they took ten minutes off?

A Dr. To over the top?

Ok, how about a paramedic/firefighter who train as hard as anyone including athletes, who also spends the rest of there professional career learning. Would it be ok for them to slack off a bit? Would it be appropriate? How about if it was you they were helping?

A cop? Maybe the cop last ten minutes of his shift he's going to mail it in a go to get a coffee instead of checking out that last dispatch.

Your point is week! These a professional hockey players who get paid millions of dollars to act and play like they do.

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#24 Jesse
January 22 2012, 08:43PM
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@Walter Sobchak

My point is not "week", nor is it "weak". The comparisons you have made are not analogous. Regardless of their salary, pro athletes are not in charge of saving people's lives. I don't think that they deserve what they're paid either, but to claim to understand their entire situation, work ethic, head space simply by watching the game and not knowing anything else is absolutely absurd. It's not as simple as "so-and-so needs to give more when he's out on the ice and he's just choosing not to". It's not that simple and it's naive to think you can make that call.

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#25 Walter Sobchak
January 22 2012, 09:18PM
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@Jesse

Like I said, I don't disagree with everything you mentioned in your first post, and my response wasn't about their head space or what their feeling while there on the ice, or knowing the intangible's, it was more about how you compared a working stiff, to a pro athlete. You should know first I never took offense to any of what you said, I'm simply pointing out that just because it's a pro athlete doesn't mean he works harder then us stiffs, has anymore focus then those I mentioned or the same consequence ratio.

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#26 Stocc
January 22 2012, 09:52PM
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I think the question on everyone's mind is "What is your stance on FISTing?"

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#27 Jesse
January 22 2012, 10:37PM
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@Walter Sobchak

It's cool man -- I think we just misunderstand each other and that's okay. My first post was all about how you can't compare an athlete to a working stiff, and it looks like you're trying to say the same thing. So probably best to let sleeping dogs lie.

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#28 Eulers
January 23 2012, 12:19AM
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I still have both feet firmly in the "Amber McCormick does not really exist" camp. Don't try to persuade me otherwise.

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#29 Simon says
January 23 2012, 12:55AM
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Nice to have someone say what they think rather than over think and write what their overinflated ego thinks will make them look like they are smarter than everyone else.

Ahhhn fresh air!

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#30 Walter Sobchak
January 23 2012, 01:57AM
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@Jesse

It's all good man.

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#31 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
January 23 2012, 07:21AM
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in before douche posts his rant about the quality of the article

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#32 borisnikov
January 23 2012, 07:28AM
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"And of course, why Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is beginning to look like Tegan and/or Sara when his hair is longer."

HA! That's funny.

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#33 Oiler Fan
January 23 2012, 08:54AM
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Don't you have a personal blog to post this too instead?

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#34 Chris.
January 23 2012, 09:35AM
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I will fight the next commenter who insults Amber. Meet me in front of the Beaumont Bp's, tonight, after the 6th San Jose goal goes in.

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#36 Harlie
January 23 2012, 12:18PM
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I loved Tom Spader in the movie with Maggie Gylenhall...Secretary I think it was....ohh, that crazy sado masochistic Tommy boy..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmSO07r_zTc

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#37 Oilfan
January 23 2012, 01:04PM
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Oiler Fan wrote:

Don't you have a personal blog to post this too instead?

Quoted for truth. Why does the OilersNation care that someone that pretends to be a fan hasn't had time to watch the games?

Stick to Oilers content, not crap that should be on this lady's blogger.com site.

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#38 Chris.
January 23 2012, 02:52PM
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Oilfan wrote:

Quoted for truth. Why does the OilersNation care that someone that pretends to be a fan hasn't had time to watch the games?

Stick to Oilers content, not crap that should be on this lady's blogger.com site.

And why would OilersNation care that Strudwick likes to eat Princess Cake in Sweden? ~I mean is this the food network blog? Does this guy Strudwick even play in the NHL?~

Struds is at least 7 full time zones away but I'd wager you're still way too scared to talk this kind of smack on his blogroll... aren't you?

Amber can write whatever/whenever she wants on OilersNation because she was here from the start... just like Wanye can write about his misadventures in Ho Chi Minh City... Besides, an Angel Baby dies everytime Amber cries so I think you should apologize to the Lady for calling her article "crap".

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#39 Chris.
January 23 2012, 02:56PM
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Amber McCormick wrote:

Who's going drive all the way to Beaumont for a fight?! What is this? Footloose? *I heart Chris*

I'm a lousy fighter.

Sorry Amber.

(*I heart you too*)

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#40 Quicksilver ballet
January 23 2012, 06:06PM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

in before douche posts his rant about the quality of the article

She's good to go cableguy. She's one of us, the subliminal laws in place need not be enforced.

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#41 Devolution
January 23 2012, 11:50PM
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Oilfan wrote:

Quoted for truth. Why does the OilersNation care that someone that pretends to be a fan hasn't had time to watch the games?

Stick to Oilers content, not crap that should be on this lady's blogger.com site.

If I see something I don't want to read I just don't read it. Why don't you just go and self-filter yourself?

I for one find it refreshing to read a blog that isn't all about firing people.

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